Kestrel Legend 105 Road Bike - 2016. If you're looking for a bike that blends a proven, cutting edge frame with great value, take a serious look at the Kestrel Legend Shimano 105 road bike. Kestrel is widely recognized by the industry as the first brand to produce a carbon framed road bike. That design and production headstart continues to create frames with superb ride quality. Every Kestrel design is proprietary and engineered from scratch in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The process begins with computer-aided design and analysis. Once the modeling is over, Kestrel builds structural prototypes and submits them to a battery of laboratory tests, miles of riding under both sponsored athletes and the highly knowledgeable engineers themselves. The Legend frameset is the result of this process, and it's executed with a high degree of engineering mastery. The Legend is made from a special blend of 700k and 800k high modulus carbon fiber. While the 700k material is incredibly stiff, the 800k carbon is 30% stiffer. This allows Kestrel to use 20% less material in the production of the frame. Combining two modulus carbon fibers enables Kestrel to build a frame that blends stiffness and compliance while helping keep weight down. In addition, both the BB30 press fit bottom bracket and the tapered head tube further add to frame stiffness. The Kestrel Legend is built out with Shimano's 105 11-speed drivetrain. The 105 group benefits from many of the technical and ergonomic developments Shimano first developed with their higher-end Dura-Ace and Ultegra component groups. With improved shifter performance over previous designs and smoother, more precise derailleur shifts, not to mention that extra gear, the 105 group might be the best value going in components. The build on the Kestrel Legend 105 is completed with an Oval Concepts 520 alloy crankset that has mid-compact 52/36 chainrings, Oval Concepts 527 semi-aero wheels, and lightweight alloy stem, handlebars and seatpost. Add it up, and it's hard to beat the Kestrel Legend 105 if you want an excellent all-around road bike for everything from racing to weekend group rides.
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